悄聲騷動 Quiet Riot
時間 Dates｜2018.05.12 – 2018.07.15
開幕 Reception｜2018.05.12 (Sat.) 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
地點 Venue｜TKG+ Projects
主辦單位 Organizer｜TKG+ Projects
Curated by Chen Wei-Ching, Joanne
青崎伸孝 Nobutaka Aozaki
邱承宏 Chiu Chen-Hung
洪惟永 Euyoung Hong
李明學 James Ming-Hsueh Lee
劉和讓 Liu Hojang
辛西亞．馬塞爾 與 齊亞哥．馬塔．馬沙杜 Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado
李明學（James Ming-Hsueh Lee）
辛西亞．馬塞爾 與 齊亞哥．馬塔．馬沙杜（Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado）
陳韋晴 Chen Wei-Ching, Joanne，1978年生於台灣，英國倫敦藝術大學傳
Quiet Riot explores how to engage in social practice in a nuanced and subtle manner, and to develop it into an art form of social intervention, in the face of the current social predicament of anxiety, uncontrollability, and threats. In a seemingly conforming, but in fact tactful and adaptable preparatory state, the works on view embody the artists’ observation of the encroaching global capitalism in today’s unstable political situation. The exhibition re-examines our familiar state of affairs and objects from diverse points of view, investigates the construction and camouflage of the everyday, as well as our perception of contemporary life and the inconsistencies therein. Featuring five artists, respectively from Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, this exhibition adopts an indirect and lighthearted — rather than critical — approach in an attempt to identify disorder within order, to react and adapt, to manifest a tenacity and a reactionary spirit, in the hope of finding possibilities for systematic change, reasons for existence, and ways for coexistence.
In the covert corners of life, encroached by anxiety and disturbance, radical rebellion may lead to forced repression, but alleviated voices that resist flexibly could elicit prolonged thinking. Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle and director Tiago Mata Machado coproduced the video The Century, 2011, reflecting social injustice and lost ideals. In the video, countless everyday objects are thrown out from the street corner, to reveal the filthy and fragile sovereignty of our time through their violent beats and strikes. The video resembles a piece of music of social practice that condemns the rapid development of Brazil. James Ming-Hsueh Lee has long been known for his humorous revisits of objects in life’s surroundings and his new venture on established meanings and values. His work Imperceptible Violence studies the bounded seesaw relationship and tense situation of men and objects, of objects and objects in varied spheres. The new work of Liu Hojang, titled Premixed Cement, collects unresolved questions such as the substitution of artistic expressions, the beginning and ending of ecological collapse, and the unceasing uncontrollability of the material. The unset concrete is analogous to the restless equilibrium system, striving for final resistance before solidification. Chiu Chen-Hung’s new work light trail aims at enhancing the possibilities of encounter between everyday objects and space. The natural light in the exhibition space fuses with the light and shadow created by the artist, hiding our perception of the space underneath various temporal and spatial grooves. The work preserves a direct but gentle confrontation, mistily scattered around the exhibition area.
The artists investigate actions of social practice taken against Capitalism through everyday materials. They also expose how habitual thinking in contemporary life responds to the radical changes in society and then proceed to self-introspection in search of the value of existence. Nobutaka Aozaki’s Value_Added #240950 is an ongoing performance. It questions the daily system of consumption, trying to find a limited space of imagination within the mechanism through the artist’s intervention. The artist takes a can of corn to 110 supermarkets and repurchases it. In the hyper-marketed product circulation and the orderly structure, the system is severely ossified and we cannot identify where the item belongs. The selling price of the item at different locations reveals the economic structure of the city. Korean artist Euyoung Hong’s installation (Un)balanced explores the changing meaning and function of objects in particular relation to the system of value in the regime of capitalism. Commodities of equal price but unequal quantity are placed on two ends of the steel plates to achieve a fragile balance. The value of the products fluctuates according to complex social and economic factors such as wages, labor maintenance, technological innovation, the price of land use, and market conditions. The asymmetrical structure of economic domination and the unbalance of value system denotes the origin of social injustice in capitalist society.
Through different cultural upbringings and experiences of intervention into daily life’s mechanism, the five participating artists examine and respond to the social, economic, and political unbalances triggered by globalization. They counteract formalism and bring art into contact with our life at the moment through subversive and informal practices, various aesthetic operations, the appropriation of urban spaces, and the creation of new languages. In addition, they propose the possibility and necessity of systematic revolution, and the condition of our coexistence, regarding the privilege of philosophical expression and discursive language, as well as how to manifest our reflexive spirit outside of the existing discourse.
About the artists
(b. 1977 in Kagoshima, Japan) lives and works in New York
Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He completed his MFA at the Hunter College in 2012. He has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, the C-12 Emerging Artist Award from the Hunter College, and the Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
(b. 1983 in Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei and Hualien, Taiwan
Chiu Chen-Hung completed the graduate program in plastic arts at National Taiwan University of Arts in 2008. His works are primarily presented in the framework of installation and sculpture. Like conducting an archeological expedition, he is especially proficient in excavating remaining outlines and imprints from bygone time and space. Through his practice of abstraction and reinterpreting both designed and rationalized logics, he vividly reshapes these existed objects and thus develops a vast memory restoration.
(b. 1975 in Seoul, Korea) lives and works in London and Seoul.
Euyoung Hong, Ph.D. is an artist and researcher. Hong graduated in sculpture from the Ewha Womans University, Seoul in 1998, and was awarded an MA and MFA in sculpture by the University of Iowa, U.S.A. in 2002. She completed her PhD without any amendment at the Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2013.
James Ming-Hsueh Lee
(b. 1978 in Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan
James Ming-Hsueh Lee is the 2005 Taipei Arts Award First Prize winner and received his Ph.D in 2013 from the Loughborough University, U.K. He has rich experience in exhibitions both at home and abroad. James Ming-Hsueh Lee’s works often center on the objects found in the stores. He searches for alternative meanings in relation to art contexts. With a penetrating sense of humor, he reexamines and reflects upon the habitual understanding of ‘things’ indoctrinated by the media, education and society. Through reversing the usage of the objects, transforming their appearances or people’s perceptions of them, the artist is able to offer refreshing and amusing interpretations, creating relaxing feeling to asset other possibilities for the exploration of contemporary art.
(b. 1972 in Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan
Liu Hojang graduated from the Sculpture Department of Taiwan Academy of Fine Arts in 1994 and received an
M.F.A. at Queens College, the City University of New York in 2002. Liu’s photographic works and projects is concerned with more than image making or technology quality. His peculiar artistic practice often reflects the social context and politics behind the surface — may it be an object, a place, or a community, his works shed light on their individualities and differences. By appropriating the relation between the visible and the invisible, he provides an authentic narrative to the social functions and sensibility of art to transform the values of human network into forces that sustains art in its becoming.
Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado
(b. 1974 in Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Brazilian duo was formed in 2008 by the artist Cinthia Marcelle and the critic and filmmaker Tiago Mata Machado. In the same year they founded Katásia Filmes, with the curator and filmmaker João Dumans, a production company dedicated to the creation and study of cinema and art based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2017 they produced a new video Nau/Now for the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice and their first solo show at the Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago, with a group of previews videos.
About the curator
Chen Wei-Ching, Joanne
(b. 1978 in Taiwan) lives and works in New York
Chen Wei-Ching, Joanne is an independent curator, widely published critic and founder of an art organization. She is the former Director of Taiwan Art Gallery Association and Art Taipei Art Fair from 2007 to 2010. Currently, she is the founder of inCube Arts, a non-profit art organization founded in 2012 in New York City with a focus on art from Asia, South Asia and a commitment to exhibition-led enquiry. In addition, she is the organizer of inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival, the first and most important art festival that dedicate to Asian time-based art in North America. Chen has also curated international exhibitions such as No Cause for Alarm with Ying Kwok at La MaMa La Galleria in New York (2016), inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 — MicroCities at the Queens Museum, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, the NARS Foundation and Residency Unlimited in New York (2013), Jenny Chen: Without End at the ISE Cultural Foundation, New York (2012), London Calling a touring exhibition (China/Taiwan, among others. She has written and published her articles in Artco, Art Investment, Art Collection+Design, Artitude Magazine, Art Taipei Forum Media, and the National Culture and Arts Foundation Online Media. She was a contributing writer for the Global Art Fair Guide in 2013, covering the North and South American art market. She is also the jury for the NARS Foundation residency program in 2016, an invited consultant for the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Doctor’s Hours program in 2016.